Britain to reinforce allied forces near Ukraine ‘if Russia knocks on door’ – Times – Ukraine News, Politics

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The UK is considering sending additional “hundreds of troops” to Ukraine’s neighboring countries on NATO’s eastern flank. This is supposed to be a “deterrent” against Russian expansion. The Times with reference to sources in the Ministry of Defense of the country.

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The UK is leading a 1,200-strong combat contingent in Estonia (830 British troops) equipped with armored vehicles, self-propelled artillery, engineer units, air defense and reconnaissance. Another 140 British are stationed in Poland, and about 100 of the country’s military are in Ukraine as instructors for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The plans of the British defense department include the transfer, if necessary, of “hundreds more combat-ready soldiers in the shortest possible time” to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania or Poland.

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“They (NATO) have been wondering about strengthening these (expanded forward presence missions) and the NATO mission in the Baltics. The countries think they can do,” a source told The Times, adding that “if any of the allies in If Russian troops knocked on NATO’s door, then our forces would have arrived there very quickly.”

Formerly Russia ultimatum demanded stop the deployment of NATO forces on its borders and called such actions a provocation, although it was precisely its aggression against Ukraine that caused the strengthening of the eastern flank of the Alliance.

There are negotiations. Today, January 21, the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the head of the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov. In the US, they say that this meeting will make it clear what path did the Kremlin choose: aggression or diplomacy.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to call on Western allies for solidarity with Ukraine in her speech in Sydney today. The country’s top diplomat, who is visiting Australia with Defense Minister Ben Wallace, intends to urge the Russian Federation to “de-escalate and participate in meaningful discussions,” the newspaper writes.

Truss added that “what is happening in eastern Europe matters to the whole world,” and “an invasion will only lead to a terrible situation and loss of life.”

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She will also say, the newspaper writes, that democratic allies including Israel, India, Japan and Indonesia must “respond jointly” as “global aggressors have become brazen in a way we haven’t seen since the Cold War” – “and seek to export dictatorship around the world.” the world.”

“The time has come for the free world to stand up for itself,” she concluded.

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Eugene Pilipenko

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